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radiorahim
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posted 07 February 2006 08:17 PM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Nigeria-based software vendor Leapsoft Ltd. on Friday launched a new Linux distribution aimed at West Africans who speak English, Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba. Wazobia Linux, which supports i386 systems, is currently available as a downloadable LiveCD and will become available in the next few weeks as a retail packaged product.

Wazobia, based on Red Hat Linux, offers a user-friendly operating system, together with a complete set of desktop applications, such as office suite, web browser, instant messaging client, multimedia viewers, and graphical software, the project team said. It also offers the latest open source applications for developing software, setting up a home network, running a web server, and more, the team said.


Desktop Linux.com article

Here's one of the real advantages of Linux and open source software...the ability to easily adapt it to local languages in the third world...languages that would not be "economically viable" for the software giants of the world.


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Cougyr
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posted 07 February 2006 08:58 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by radiorahim:
...the ability to easily adapt it to . . .

or to an organization, maybe a school district or library; something with a need for an in-house system. These things were done frequently with DOS. I knew small businesses that refused to upgrade because they had developed in-house inventories to run on DOS which they had come to depend upon. One can't waste a pile of money just because Gates decides to change his OS.


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radiorahim
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posted 08 February 2006 12:25 AM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes of course!

Linux and OSS is perfect for small organizations on tight budgets trying to squeeze a little more use out of older equipment and older software.

Of course cost is a big issue in the third world and its why OSS adoption is miles ahead of adoption in more "developed" countries.


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